This was one of the most most elaborate, intensive collaborations I’ve ever done! Our team of 6 got together at Bianca’s Battery Park apartment to bring to life an ambitious concept: Russian Royalty. Inspiration? The story of Anastasia Romanova, the youngest daughter of the last monarch of imperial Russia, who was rumored to be the only one to survive execution of the Romanov family. Rasputin’s hand you see in the photo above is actually Leon’s. :)
Kristin outdid herself with the hair, and can you believe Leon made that dress from scratch?!
I must say, I don’t envy the women who had to wear these clothes every day. Not only does it take hours to assemble (hair, makeup, and dress that takes as long to get into as it does to get out), it is also extremely physically demanding. Narrow waist and chest crush your lungs making breathing a luxury (no wonder women were fainting all the time!), and the sheer weight of the garment & jewelry puts tremendous strain on your feet. We had to take out the massive earrings because my ears were starting to bleed!
Dresses back in the day really weren’t really designed for movement. It’s essentially a human-shaped cage limiting movement down to standing, sitting, and maybe stealing an occasional sip of air. This explains why royal portraits were so stoic and rigid — it simply hurt to be otherwise!
In spite of the constricting garments, I absolutely loved doing this shoot! I got to use my glitter lashes I’ve had for a while (not sure where they came from… Ricky’s?). On my eyes, I’m wearing as Diva & Medusa on the eyes, and Retrofuturist (our #1 most loved lipstick!) on my lips. Hope you enjoyed looking these as much as we did shooting them!